The Takeya was shipped to us in just a plastic sleeve in a parcel package. It’s a very durable product, so some may not mind the minimal packaging. However, a proper box would look nicer and might also be good for long term storage or moving.
The Goodful is a relatively large capacity brewer. It’s therefore quite tall and is best set inside a refrigerator door, however, it’s unlikely to fit a small refrigerator. The materials are hardy and durable, but the lid is clunky, and more detailed information on the device is lacking. The quality and look of the filter are a big plus overall.
A key highlight of the Takeya is how easy brewing and decanting was. The overall design is quite practical, but the filter could be fitted better. Cleaning also required a little more attention than we initially anticipated.
It’s quite easy to brew with the Goodful without measuring—although we measured everything carefully for our testing procedure. We particularly liked the filter design with a little handle to lift it out of the container.
We found that the Takeya produced a medium-strength brew of reasonable quality, which could be expected from its brew ratio of around 1:9. While the brew was quite smooth to drink, it wasn’t particularly robust. We feel it’s a good brew to mix with a milk base. The filter, however, is not so well constructed and can give varying results.
The brew produced by the Goodful was reasonable. We liked the slightly bitter edge to the otherwise mild-roasted flavor. The brew also had a sweetish aftertaste, but with a watery finish. We recommend drinking it straight rather than diluting it too much.
Pros & Cons
- Air tight brew decanter
- Cold or hot (tea) brewing
- Dishwasher safe
- Durable & light weight
- 1 and 2 quart sizes
- Color choice
- Removable filter base
- Turn-to-pour lid
- Inadequate packaging
- Included instructions inadequate
- Filter cleaning
- Not a good fit for small refrigerators
- Clunky lid
The Takeya cold brew coffee maker and the Goodful are pretty similar. Both are tall plastic jugs for brewing in a refrigerator door. When compared for size, the Takeya is slightly taller with a more slender build. Therefore, it’s more likely to be a better fit for more types of refrigerators.
While the Takeya is made of high-grade Tritan plastic manufactured in the USA, there is little information included about the material quality of the Goodful. Apart from better build quality, the Takeya has a much more favorable brew ratio (1:9) compared to the Goodful (1:18) because it has a much longer brew core or filter.
Furthermore, even with the grounds and filter inserted, you can lie the Takeya on its side and it’s even recommended to shake the vessel a few times during brewing. The Goodful is completely spill-proof except it can only brew standing up. The two lid designs are similar except the Goodful has a somewhat clunky feel to it.
Behind the Comparison
Roger Shitaki is a writer, author, and editor. His niches are household appliances, health & wellness, and travel. He’s a freelance contributor to a Tokyo lifestyle website and a leading ophthalmology magazine in Asia.